Title: Dirty Bad Wrong
Author: Jade West
Series: Dirty Bad #1
Release Date: February 16, 2015
They call him Masque.
I call him God.
The man I want to consume me, own me, break me and corrupt me.
Yet I’ve never seen his face.
His body ripples like an adonis, sculpted in steel and dripping in sin. His flesh is inked with the mark of the chimera – one body, two very different halves.
He plays hard.
He plays rough.
He has no limits.
He’s so fucking dirty bad wrong.
But I love him for it.
Lydia Marsh is always the strong one. The girl who never breaks, and sure as hell never cries. She’s got it all – the perfect little life in cosy suburbia, with her perfectly nice boyfriend, and their perfectly sufficient sex life. She’s even got her perfect little career plan all wrapped up at Trial Run Software Group.
But when it all falls apart, and Lydia’s pretty, green eyes are fixed on a brutally sexual stranger – the man they call Masque – she comes to suspect that being strong isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
For now Lydia wants something she’s never wanted before…
And she wants Masque to give it to her.
Dirty Bad Wrong is everything Jade West promises it to be and then some. I’ll be completely honest; this book was definitely outside of my comfort zone. I dove in with an open mind and let Jade West take me on an adventure. Dirty Bad Wrong is dark and so far from the well-worn path of socially acceptable romance, but it is also daring and raw and completely unexpected, all things love and lust should be. Lydia and James both keep a piece of themselves locked away, dealing with their hurt in very different ways. A moment of desperation brings this unlikely pair together, opening them both up to all of the dirty bad wrong possibilities of a relationship.
“Some mistakes are worth making. You know they are. We were worth making, James.”
My favorite part of this book is probably the dichotomous nature of the story. James and Lydia work together in the buttoned up corporate world where careful control must be exercised in order to succeed. Complex thought and forward planning drive each and every action. Masque and Cat, however, live in the hush-hush world of lust, where one must relinquish control completely and surrender to the animalistic urges and primal needs that demand satisfaction. Watching the lines between these worlds blur was undeniably hot, serving up scorching carnality in an unmistakable and demanding way. The banter between James and Lydia brought levity to this otherwise intense story with its intelligence and humor.
“I spent so much of my life being strong for other people, that I had no idea how to let them be strong for me.”
I honestly enjoyed Dirty Bad Wrong way more than I had expected. There were certainly moments of this story where I cringed or questioned the sanity of the characters, but objectively speaking, this book revealed an intimate and complex subculture in a manner that surprised me with it’s sensitivity. Jade West unquestionably knows what she’s doing, effortlessly captivating readers and keeping them enthralled in the dark and dirty world of Masque and Cat while providing balance with the genuine emotion and vulnerability of Lydia. Even in the most dark and twisted scenes the secondary characters added a splash of humor with their witty comebacks, unabashed flirting, and assertions of dominance. I will absolutely be back for the next book, more curious than ever about this unconventional and utterly sizzling world and the strong characters that define it.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Dirty Bad series:
Dirty Bad Savage (Dirty Bad #2)
Dirty Bad Strangers (Dirty Bad #3)
Dirty Bad Secrets (Dirty Bad #4)
Dirty Bad Box Set (Includes Books #1-3)